Originally posted by ex Rhodie racer
Exactly. But you´re argueing against yourself, because by allowing Stoner, or anyone else, to make the field wait as he comes back to the start line last, the lack of a hard and fast rule in this regard simply increases the chance of those high sides and low sides you mention. You said so yourself, remember?
"By being last to the grid after warmup, Stoner had his tyres closer to optimum temperature at the start while Rossi's tyres were already cooling down."
Forgive me if I'm wrong but don't the grid get away on the warm up lap with 3 minutes remaining to race start?
If so then surely it's up to the rider when they arrive at their grid slot as long as they aren't late? Or am I being too simplistic?
From what I can gather different riders and teams have different strategies. All 4 Ducati's were at the rear of the field exiting turn one on the warm up lap. Nearly always are.